Travel Guide-Informations about Venezuela

Why traveling to Venezuela?

The South American continent has had an irrestible appeal for travellers since it was discovered more than five hundred years ago. However, while most tourists head to Brazil, Peru, or Argentina, relatively few visitors make it to Venezuela, or if they do, they stick to popular package holiday destinations like Isla Margarita or Los Roques. You might be wondering why should anyone travel to this country, and the answer is because it simply won't dissapoint you. One could say that Venezuela has it all: idyllic beaches, lush rainforests, impressive mountain ranges, vast plains, remote mountain villages, deserts, and tropical islands, not to mention a vibrant cultural scene and excellent gastronomy. In short, this South American country offers something for everyone. By choosing Venezuela as your next holiday destination, you will not need to decide between sea or countryside, peaceful towns or bustling cities. Moreover, travel expenses are notoriously low in this country, especially if you plan your trip well in advance. Having the cheapest petrol prices in the world, getting around and covering large expanses of land is easy and affordable in Venezuela. Last but not least, you will be charmed by the gentle and fun-loving character of the locals, who are undoubtedly proud of their country and will do their best to ensure that you leave with a positive impression of Venezuela.

What to visit in Venezuela ?

At over 350,000 square miles, Venezuela is the sixth largest country in South America. With so much to see and do, planning a trip can be difficult, but there are some highlights that no visitor to Venezuela should miss out on. There are 43 national parks in the country, which boast exotic wildlife and vegetation and which are home to some of the most spectacular natural scenery one could ever see. The most visited national parks are Canaima (near the Brazilian border), Los Roques (a set of islands in the Caribbean coast), Henri Pittier (where cloud forests and beaches merge into one), and El Avila (an oasis of peace north of Caracas). However, you might want to visit less well-known parks, such as Mochima, Los Médanos de Coro, or Cienagas de Juan Manuel. As for city life, Caracas and Maracaibo are a must, and when you need a change of scenery, head to the mountain towns in Los Andes, such as Merida, Boconó, or San Cristóbal. A trip to the world's highest waterfall (Angel Falls) might also be in order, and why not trek around some of the world's oldest geological formations in Roraima? If you are after beach life, Cayo Sombrero or Cayo Borracho near Valencia are stunning and unspoilt. To get away from it all, head to the Paraguana peninsula, where time seems to have stood still.

What should you pack for a trip to Venezuela?

Remember that the climate is hot and humid, so you should bring a hat or umbrella, as well as sunglasses, to keep you protected from the sun. Mosquito repellent and sunscreen are also useful. Unless you plan on doing some serious trekking, a pair of sturdy sandals should be enough. Temperatures in the early morning and evening in the Andean region can get cold, so bring a light fleece or jacket if you plan to visit the area. Travellers must keep in mind that air conditioning in buses is often set to the maximum, so bringing long sleeved shirts and trousers, along with a jacket, will help them stay comfortable on long bus rides. Lastly, it is useful to have some kind of waterproof protection for any electronics, like cameras and mobile phones, especially on the trip to Angel Falls.